Blackadder's Imperator Titan Build

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  1. Blackadder

    Blackadder Member

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    The Ground Floor:
    Actually about one hundred fifty feet above the ground but what the hey. The superstructure of this Titan is what makes it unique and I've been putting it off long enough trying to come up with something earthshaking. Try as I might I just cannot top Joazzz2's incredible architecture so I'll just copy that so first the gatehouse battlements sometimes called the barbican.
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  2. Blackadder

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    Never Be Afraid:

    To take the plunge. If the wine is sour, don't throw it out; make vinegar.

    Something just didn't look right about these two barbicans but until they were sheathed I couldn't quite figure it out.

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    Ultimately I realized they were too tall.

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    A couple of minutes with a razor saw and utility knife demonstrated I was right and through careful surgery I managed to save the upper section for the second stage of the construct.
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    You be (are) "the man"!!
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  4. Blackadder

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    Thanks for all the replies about the last few posts.

    Exercise In Tedium:

    The problem with building so large a model is the tedious repetitious building of identical parts.

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    Even an assembly line approach does not sufficiently relieve the boredom.

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    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator Moderator

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    I found that true when working at Sikorsky Aircraft. "Oh, we need 500 of those machine gun pintles milled down, they were will the wrong size, and nobody else knows how to make a jig to hold the finished part" I was an expert at making parts jigs, which can be far more difficult than the part itself, and must survive a long production life. Still, you get to keep the finished product!! :)
  6. Blackadder

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    Barbican Phase Two:

    Show your work is my motto regardless how sloppy. Never fear this is only the underlayment I build for strength and durability.

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    This first image shows what a godsend this defuser lens material is. Had I to make all the interior framing for a model of this size it would probably cost twice as much or be very flimsy. One thing you don't want is a limp Titan.

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    The second image shows the corner outcropping structures which are probably too narrow to serve any purpose other than decorative. Were this a stone Barbican it would serve as a buttress for the corner.
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    This is a Titan! :)
  9. Blackadder

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    Thanks for the reply.

    Barbican Spires

    The Barbican corner reinforcements have been enclosed and This evening I began creating the ornamental spires to cap the corners.

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    These are purely decorative being too narrow for occupation.....

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    But no doubt they serve some 40K esoteric purpose

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    Anyway there are 16 of them and I have managed to complete one and made inroads on seven others before saying ENOUGH!
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    The Spires came out so nice and uniform! :)
  11. Blackadder

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    Thanks,

    An Error In Perspective:
    One of the major drawbacks of OCD is good enough is never good enough. All the while I was building these Barbicans something just did not seem right about the positioning of the spires until last week when I finally deduced what should have been readily apparent from the get go. The corner buttresses were wrong in shape which would have lead to a mistake in the position of the spires and affected the whole upper structure were it not corrected. After relentlessly studying the 3D images I finally discovered my mistake. The buttresses were rectangular not square.
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    Short of rebuilding the whole structure I opted to modify the buttresses which in itself was an arduous task compounded in the further mistake of trying to economize on material. That never works and almost always guarantees more wasted time than than savings in material. Ultimately I went for materiel extravagance and in one day managed to outpace the proceedings week's work.
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    I hope the images convey were the problem laid and how if not extending the buttresses 9,5 MM the spires would be to cramped together to replicate the 3D art projection. Now I have to readjust the height of the Barbicans pretty much back to my original perception.
  12. zathros

    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator Moderator

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    I think only you would have noticed this. ;)
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    Leaps and Bounds:

    Vis-à-vis ennui. Virtually 99% of this construction is utter boredom. Yesterday I was so jazzed about completing a major milestone with the fabrication of the first tier of the Barbicans I began construction of the second tier.

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    Two hours into it and I had the basic structures in hand.

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    Things don't usually happen this way but I have become adept at making these structures. So now the tedium sets in. The best thing I can do is share my basic building techniques while waiting for the glue to dry...........
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  14. Blackadder

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    First Inkling:

    Today I got my first inkling of this model in it's entirety. Up to now I've manufactured separate components but the overall magnitude escaped me. Now I see the full scope of it's height which will be about 5 feet tall so scale-wise at the 25/28 MM the model will stand 336 to 360 feet tall or (102 to 110 meters tall.)

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    I'm assuming the uppermost spires to add an additional eight to 12 inches to the overall height.

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    Although some might call that cheating :D

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    Tomorrow I plan to have the other Barbican completed

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    and with luck reassembled with the legs again.
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    WOW, seeing the various parts going together like this, the overall size and magnitude of this beast tends to escape us! Make sure to tie this baby down, as we don't want to hear in the news, " Man crushed by Falling Titan"!
  16. zathros

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    Reminds me of when I had to go to people's houses in the 80's and 90's to attach their T.V.'s properly as 25 or more kids were dying each years for climbing on the stand and having the T.V.'s fall and crush them to death. This model would probably cut them up a bit. Of course, you probably are very careful who goes near that vast collection of masterpieces you have!! :)
  17. Blackadder

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    These complex structures are amoung the most difficult I have built for this Titan. Considering they will have to bear little weight in comparison they are extremely over built.

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    Compounding this the corner towers are octagonal in shape. This does not lend itself readily to the square grid material I have chosen for the substructure. Compensations in the structure have to be made to make the cross section conform to the octagonal shape.

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    The top of the Barbicans will have either spires which will increase the height to around 60 inches or AA laser cannon emplacements which will decrease the height to somewhat less; about; 54 inches as far as the Barbicans are concerned.

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    The main Keep will be another story.
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    Sanctum Sanctorum:.

    Awright no comments on the man-cave.

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    As you may have gathered I'm single. Who else could dump thousands on stuff I should have outgrown ages ago but hey, I love working on this stuff. Prior to this I built 18th century American warship models plank on frame wood..... but that's for another area of FB

    I find styrene a much easier medium to work with and my son was an avid player so Dad obliged him.

    I spent the better part of the week building the components seen here. That and my current occupation of President of my Condominium.
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    The octagonal column center of the image above represents my third attempt to make this part, successfully (Finally) I might add. The secret was, "there are no shortcuts to a quality representation." Eventually I must learn that.

    The image below show the basic work of the remaining seven columns waiting in the wings for the success of the first.

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    My apologies for the crudeness of the construction appearance but the basic shape is all I need for the present. The polish and detail will come later.
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    Complete awesomeness! :)
  20. Blackadder

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    Corner Towers Done......
    The basic octagonal structure that is. There are still two levels of surface detail to apply but aside from the AA cannon emplacements this will be the height of the Imperator version of this Titan.

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    I'm so confused as to what the seemingly interchangeable names and classes of the Emperor Titans. Initially I set out to build a Warmonger version to match my Lucius Warlord and Warhound (seen here for scale). Lucie was my first major scratchbuild project and she is slightly more robust compared to the Forge World Warhound Version.

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    This aerial view gives a better perspective of the upper deck.

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    And finally a head on shot with the various Adeptus Mechanicus Skitarii slated to infest the upper works of this monstrosity.
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